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The National Law School of India University came into existence through a Notification under the National Law School of India University Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). It signified the culmination of efforts by the Judiciary, the Bar Council of India, the Karnataka Bar Council, the Bangalore University and the Government of Karnataka to reform legal education and to establish a centre of excellence for legal education and research in India. The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of NLSIU.


B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
Admission to the B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme is purely on the basis of merit as assessed through a Common Law Admission Test conducted for the purpose. A total of 80 students are ordinarily admitted. Classes begin on 1st July every year.

Admission: Each year, the CLAT will be conducted in the month of May at such centre and on such date as the CLAT Committee may notify. The Test will be consisting of objective type questions of a standard expected of 10+2 students and will be of 2 hours’ duration. The test will carry a maximum of 200 marks. If more than one candidate gets the same rank in the merit list, the order of priority for the selection of the candidate against the available vacancies will be strictly based on the percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.

A candidate for admission to the B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Degree course shall have:

a) passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10+2) system or an examination equivalent thereto securing in the first attempt, not less than 50% (45% in the case of SC/ST candidates and persons with disability) in the aggregate; and

b) not completed 20 years of age as on 1st July of the year of admission.

In the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST and persons with disability, the maximum age limit shall be 22 years.

The LL.M. programme is based on the Trimester system.  In each trimester four courses are offered for study.  In all these subjects, national and international dimensions are properly highlighted. During the third and last trimester, students will be required to undergo writing dissertation.  Students will be required to undergo mandatory internships during the academic break between second and third trimester and also participate in the weekly seminar presentations.  These two exercises are part of the curriculum.


The library has an open access system to facilitate readers to have easy access to the library resources. The NLSIU Library has also established links with other important libraries in and around Bangalore in order to provide inter-library access for the benefit of students and teachers of the Law School. To assist the students and research scholars in locating literature as well as information in their areas of research, general reference, current awareness and computerized catalogues have been introduced. An orientation programme is also organised for new students to help them acquaint themselves with the library system and services and for enabling maximum utilisation of the available resources.

The Law School has introduced computerised facilities for both housekeeping as well as information retrieval. Since it now has a leased line connection to the internet, it is possible to have easy access to information directly from all available computerized databases all over the world, not only in the field of law but also in other disciplines.


Situated about 10 Km. from Bangalore City railway station the National Law School now has a campus spread over 23 acres in idyllic setting. The Law School is a fully residential university with independent residential facilities for men and women students, the Faculty and non-teaching staff. With all its 500 odd students from all over India, the Faculty and non-teaching staff residing on the same campus it is like a miniature India. With such interaction comes the greater need to adjust and share opinions, an outlook necessary for budding lawyers. Residing on campus would thus enables the students to widen their horizon and acquire important inter-personal skills.


National Law School of India University
P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore – 560 072
Karnataka, India

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